Foot pain can be debilitating and at Affiliated Podiatrists, doctors offer several services to help you manage or heal that pain. At either of their Chicago, IL, medical offices, you can receive EPAT (extracorporeal pulse activation technology) to treat pain.
What is EPAT?
EPAT (extracorporeal pulse activation technology), known as shockwave therapy, is a technique used to treat numerous chronic inflammatory conditions. It utilizes high-intensity sound waves to breakdown scar tissue and increases blood flow to areas of poor circulation to stimulate healing.
You need a minimum of three sessions to a maximum of five sessions, each session lasting about 10-15 minutes for proper or complete treatment. If you're worried about the pain, EPAT treatment feels like getting repeatedly snapped with a rubber band initially then dulls into light pulses.
What are the benefits of EPAT?
EPAT helps relieve pain and heal chronic conditions that don’t respond to traditional treatment. One of its other advantages is it's non-invasive (no scarring), requires no downtime, and no anesthesia.
You can expect to see results/improvements within four weeks after the last treatment. More dramatic results may occur 8-12 weeks after the last treatment.
Who can receive EPAT treatment?
EPAT isn't recommended for people using blood thinners or women who are pregnant.
How to prepare for EPAT?
Discontinue all anti-inflammatories (Ibuprofen (Advil), Aleve, and all prescription anti-inflammatories) at least one week before the procedure. The only exception, but make sure to consult your Chicago podiatrist, is Tylenol because it's anti-inflammatory.
What does EPAT treat?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
- Anterior Tibial Tendonitis
- Plantar Plate Injuries
- Peroneal Tendonitis
- Interdigital Neuromas
Do you want to speak with a podiatrist?
If you'd like to learn more about EPAT, or shockwave therapy, call Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL office at (773) 202-8800.
If you're dealing with the consequences of a musculoskeletal condition, the chances of MLS therapy working for you are pretty high. This dual laser system is placed directly over the treatment area by one of our podiatrists and delivers pulses that have an anti-inflammatory and anti-edema effect on tissues. MLS laser therapy can be a key component in your pain management plan. If you're interested in learning more about it, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, or Dr. Jacob Richey in one of our two Chicago, IL, locations.
What You Need To Know About MLS Laser Therapy
MLS laser therapy is FDA-approved as a safe and effective way to stimulate the body's natural healing process when it needs a little boost. It targets specific areas of the body, such as the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and soft tissues, to increase blood flow while reducing inflammation. At Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., we provide this service to patients because it's a non-invasive technique that doesn't require surgery. It can treat a multitude of painful orthopedic conditions, from foot to back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and many others.
When to Visit a Podiatrist
No one deserves to live in chronic pain. When you're struggling with discomfort from debilitating conditions like tendonitis, arthritis, muscle tears, hip and knee pain, strains and sprains, etc., our podiatrists can improve your quality of life. They can also utilize this procedure to enhance nerve function, as well as vascular and metabolic activity. MLS laser therapy accelerates tissue and repair growth, leading to faster wound healing. MLS therapy doesn't mask an underlying condition - it resolves the problem with long-lasting results. If that sounds like a positive adjustment from your current situation, give our Chicago, IL office a call to get started.
If you'd like to discuss MLS laser therapy further, Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, or Dr. Jacob Richey can address any questions, comments, or concerns during the initial visit. Many individuals can benefit from this procedure, and you may be a candidate. For more information about MLS laser therapy, other conditions we treat, and services provided by Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., visit our website. We have two convenient Chicago, IL, locations for our patients. Please call (773) 202-8800 or (773) 558-4799 for appointment scheduling.
Dealing with ankle pain? Here’s what it could be.
Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong, and if you are dealing with ankle pain you better listen to what it is trying to tell you. If you find ankle pain to have taken its toll on your daily routine it’s important that you turn to Edgebrook, Chicago podiatrists Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey. We can determine what’s causing your ankle pain and how to best treat it.
Here are the top three causes of ankle pain:
1. Tendonitis: When the tendons of the feet and ankles become inflamed this leads to tendonitis. Most people have heard of Achilles tendonitis, which often occurs over time and is particularly common in runners and other athletes.
If you ignore your ankle pain you may find yourself dealing with pain that continues to radiate to the knees, hips, and even back. While minor forms of tendonitis will often go away with rest and conservative care, if you find that pain doesn’t go away within a couple of days it’s a good idea to consult your podiatrist.
2. Fracture: A fracture occurs when one or more bones in the ankle break. When this happens, the injury results in immediate (and quite possibly, intense) pain, swelling, and difficulty moving or putting weight on the injured ankle. If the pain and swelling persist for days, it’s quite possible that you could have a fracture.
Since it is possible for someone to confuse the symptoms of a fracture with something more minor like a sprain, it’s a good idea to get X-rays from a podiatrist. If you have a fractured ankle you may need to wear a cast or a protective boot while you heal.
3. Arthritis: If you are noticing widespread pain in the ankle rather than just pain in a very specific spot, this could be a sign of joint problems. If you also notice stiffness and pain with movement, you could be dealing with a chronic disease known as arthritis. Ankles and feet are common areas for arthritis to set in, and it’s important that you see a doctor right away for treatment, as this condition is progressive and can lead to permanent joint damage.
Should I see a podiatrist?
It may be easy to shrug off minor ankle pain, but it’s important that you seek proper medical attention from our Edgebrook, Chicago podiatrists to find out what’s going on. If you find that your pain is getting worse or isn’t going away with rest and home care, then it’s time to see a doctor.
If you notice pain or other changes in the health of your feet or ankles it’s important that you call your Edgebrook, Chicago podiatrists as soon as possible.
To schedule an appointment with a podiatrist, call us at (773) 202-8800.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the blood sugar level is too high. Drs. Jacob Richey, Jason Kalk, and Marc Feder of Affiliated Podiatrists Ltd. provide diabetic patients with foot care at their Chicago IL, offices, which serve the following neighborhoods: Edgebrook and Budlong Woods.
Why Diabetic Foot Care is Important
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet because it affects nerves, which reduces feeling in the feet. Diabetes also reduces blood flow to the feet, which means it's going to take longer for your feet to heal from a simple cut. Both these points make diabetic foot care all the more important at your podiatrist office.
How to Care for Diabetic Feet
- Inspect your feet daily to check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems.
- Wash your feet in lukewarm water daily using a soft washcloth or sponge and dry properly and carefully between toes.
- Moisturize your feet to prevent cracked feet but not between toes to avoid fungal infection.
- Cut nails straight across and file edges.
- Visit your podiatrist if you have corns or calluses instead of treating yourself at home.
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them daily.
- Wear socks to bed if your feet get cold at night and avoid heating pad or hot water bottle.
- Clean the inside of shoes before wearing them to avoid foreign objects like pebbles hurting your feet.
- Keep your feet warm and dry, especially when it's raining or snowing.
- Don't walk barefoot, even at home to avoid getting a scratch or cut.
- Keep your blood sugar levels under control, don’t smoke, and get periodic foot exams.
Do you need to speak with a podiatrist?
Diabetes makes it hard to notice foot issues and healing takes a long time. Things as simple as blisters or sores may lead to amputation if not taken care of properly and immediately. If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment, just call (773) 202-8800 or (773) 558-4799 today! Drs. Jacob Richey, Jason Kalk, and Marc Feder of Affiliated Podiatrists Ltd. can help. They're located in Chicago, IL, serving two Chicago neighborhoods: Edgebrook and Budlong Woods.
Why are bunions painful? Put simply, they’re deformities associated with the MTP (metatarsophalangeal) joint found at the base of your big toe. When the metatarsal bone of the foot begins to turn outward while the big toe turns inward, the joint will jut out and the bunion is formed. It becomes inflamed, stiff, and painful because the majority of shoes are not designed to support and protect against such misalignment of the joint.
What can you do to avoid bunion formation and progression? Aside from seeking professional advice from your podiatrist here at Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD., in one of our Chicago, IL, offices, here are some practical tips to keep your Chicago bunion in check.
Shoes for Comfort
When you wear comfortable shoes, there is less pressure over the joint where bunions usually form. Comfortable shoes are normally wider at the toe box to give your toes more room for movement. By allowing your toes to rest comfortably, you protect your feet from Chicago bunions.
Aside from the toe box, make sure that your heel and arch are protected as well. This can be assured by having properly fitted shoes. Make sure that your shoes feel comfortable the moment you put it on without having to break it in. In addition, use high heeled-shoes in moderation if necessary.
Take Care of Your Feet
It does not matter where you are, giving your feet ample rest will go a long way in protecting it against bunions. Take off your shoes whenever possible to allow your feet to rest. If you need to wear high-heeled shoes for work, take every opportune moment to rest your feet.
Likewise, learning to take care of your feet from childhood will protect you later in your life. Considering that bunions do not develop overnight, protecting your feet early on will spare you from the pain of bunions. Exercise your feet and toes to strengthen them and prevent bunions.
Part of taking care of your feet is to always be aware of their shape. Any changes in the shape may be a sign of bunion formation, especially if the condition runs in your family. This warrants a proper examination, and if applicable, professional treatment from your podiatrist here in Chicago, IL.
Padding the Bunion
What can you do if you already have a bunion? You should pad or brace the bunion to prevent it from progressing while also minimizing your pain. Shoe inserts that correct the position of the foot will also go a long way in negating the impact of bunions. Using a splint as you sleep will keep your toe straight to ease any discomfort. Additionally, you can treat it with a warm soak, ice pack, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to help ease irritation and pain.
Take note that surgery is usually not an option in avoiding bunion formation and progression unless an underlying deformity has been identified. Consult with your podiatrist for treatment procedures that apply to your condition.
Get Relief from Your Bunion Now
Schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists here at Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD, by calling our Central Ave. Chicago, IL, office at (773) 202-8800 or our Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL, office at (773) 558-4799.
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